Pruning Magnolia

Question ...

I understand magnolias are sensitive to pruning. I have been told it would be best to paint something on the cut. What do you advise?

Answer ...

Garden Organic does not advise any painting of pruning wounds. It is best to leave the cut open to allow the tree to heal naturally with no substance impairing the callus formation.

For specific details of magnolia pruning check out the Dorling Kindersley/RHS publication 'RHS Pruning and Training Manual' by Christopher Brickell & David Joyce. It has excellent diagrams and easy to follow instructions.

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